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A Social History of the Cloister: Daily Life in the Teaching Monasteries of the Old Regime
     

A Social History of the Cloister: Daily Life in the Teaching Monasteries of the Old Regime

by Elizabeth Rapley
 

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ISBN-10: 0773522220

ISBN-13: 9780773522220

Pub. Date: 01/10/2001

Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press


In The Social History of the Cloister Elizabeth Rapley goes beyond the monastic rulebooks, legal and notarial records, and memoirs of famous women who passed through monastery doors to the chronicles, letters, and other little-known writings produced by nuns for and about themselves. Working from these accounts, Rapley is able to provide a far more complex picture

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In The Social History of the Cloister Elizabeth Rapley goes beyond the monastic rulebooks, legal and notarial records, and memoirs of famous women who passed through monastery doors to the chronicles, letters, and other little-known writings produced by nuns for and about themselves. Working from these accounts, Rapley is able to provide a far more complex picture of women who, as a whole, were much less otherworldly than the older convent literature would have us believe, much less thwarted and unhappy than their detractors have long maintained, and much less irrelevant than some historians have assumed. She chips away at the dehumanizing stereotypes that have often been used to describe these nuns to show the essential humanity of these women.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773522220
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
01/10/2001
Series:
McGill-Queen's Studies in the History of Ideas Series
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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